Faculty-Student STEM Communities
The STEM Communities project is a comprehensive effort to support student-centered instructional change across the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University. This project is supported by a five-year, $2.5 million NSF grant entitled "Creating Faculty-Student Communities for Culturally Relevant Institutional Change." It officially launched in Fall 2019. Programmatic components provide STEM faculty and students with opportunities to engage in workshops, department instructional assessments, redesign of lower-division gateway courses, and project-level decision making. Participating STEM departments receive multifaceted intellectual, material, and logistical supports to empower faculty-student teams in developing sustainable communities focused on culturally relevant instruction. The project also involves three research strands that focus on communities among faculty and students, STEM student trajectories at Texas State, and student graduation rates and STEM workforce outcomes for Texas State and other Hispanic Serving Institutions.